2022 Independent School Open Day Dates

Edinburgh and surrounding areas. 
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Now that parents can attend in-person school tours and open days, we look at what to consider when choosing the ‘RIGHT’ school for your child.

With so much on offer at each independent school, it can be hard to know which school is the best fit for your child. Most families attend an open day or book a visit to tour the school and chat with the head before making their final decision. We have created this handy checklist of questions to help you consider which aspects of school life are important to your child and family. Download here.

There are no right or wrong answers to any of these questions. You should get the opportunity to ask questions on an open day, over the phone, or during a scheduled school visit.

An open day is a school’s way of showcasing what it does best. You’ll meet current pupils and see examples of their academic and extracurricular achievements. Despite the ‘staged’ nature of the event, you’ll still be able to learn a lot. Quizzing the pupils who tour you around with key questions can be very revealing. Similarly, speaking to heads of departments helps you gauge the passion and vision they have for their subject. Are the pupils demonstrating activities themselves or are the teachers taking the limelight? Even during a staged day, you will get a feel for the school. This should help you narrow down your choices. If necessary, you could then visit again on a normal school day.

If possible, I would urge you to arrive punctually and in time for the head teacher’s address. Its tone and message will give you a good sense of the school’s direction and ethos.

Once you have all the information you need, trust your instincts. If the school ‘feels’ right, it’s very likely to be right for your child.

September & October 2022

Belhaven Hill School

Dunbar | 5-13 years

Co-educational preparatory school, with day and boarding pupils

Saturday, 24th September 2022
9.30am-11.30am

Cargilfield

Barnton | 3-13 years

Co-educational nursery and preparatory boarding school, with day pupils

Open Morning, on 30th September 2022

Clifton Hall School

Newbridge | 3-18 years

Co-educational nursery, junior and senior day school

Individual tours on request

The Compass School

Haddington | 4-12 years

Co-educational junior school with a pre-school year nursery

Saturday, 1st October 2022

The Edinburgh Academy

Inverleith | 2-18 years

Co-educational nursery, junior and senior school

Saturday 17 September 2022

Edinburgh Montessori Arts School

Liberton | 1-18 years

Co-educational nursery, junior school and senior school

Saturday 15th October 2022, 9am - 5pm

Edinburgh Steiner School

Morningside | 2-18 years

Co-educational kindergarten, junior and senior day school

Individual tours on request

ESMS Schools

Ravelston | 3-18 years

Co-educational nursery, junior day school, boys only and girls only senior schools with a co-educational sixth form. Boarding is available.

Saturday, 24th September 2022

Fettes College & Prep School

Inverleith | 7-18 years

Co-educational preparatory and senior boarding school with day pupils

Sunday 9th October 2022

George Heriot’s School

City Centre | 4-18 years

Co-educational junior and senior day school with a pre-school year nursery

Saturday 24 September 2022

George Watson’s School

Morningside | 3-18 years

Co-educational nursery, junior and senior day school

Saturday 1 October 2022, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Loretto School

Musselburgh | 3-18 years

Co-educational nursery, junior and senior boarding school with day pupils

Senior School (12 to 18 years): Saturday 1st October 2022

Junior School (3 to 12 years): Saturday 8th October 2022

Merchiston

Colinton | 7-18 years

Boys preparatory and senior boarding school with day pupils

Saturday 1 October 2022

St. George’s School for Girls

Ravelston | 3 -18 years

Girls’ junior and senior school with a co-educational nursery up to P3 (from 2022-24). Boarding is available

Friday 23 September 2022: 9.30 - 3.30 pm

Wednesday 28 September 2022: 9.30 - 12.00 pm

St. Mary’s Music School

Haymarket | 9 -18 years

Co-educational, specialist music school, offering music and academic education to musically gifted children. Day school with boarding.

Virtual Open Days - 5th & 9th October 2022

Independent Boarding Schools outside Edinburgh and the Lothians

St Mary’s School

Melrose | 2 -13years

Co-educational nursery, junior and preparatory day and boarding school

Contact School

St. Leonard’s

Fife | 5 -18 years

Co-educational junior and senior boarding school with day pupils.

October 2022